Chad Benson, host of “The Chad Benson Show,” borrows Jim’s stool again today. In this episode, Chad and Greg break down the latest Democratic presidential debate. First, they get a kick out of watching Elizabeth Warren squirm out of answering whether she would raise taxes on the middle class to pay for government-run health care and watching mild-mannered Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg hammer her for not answering. They also groan and protect their wallets as Warren pitches her wealth tax yet again and Andrew Yang counters by touting the horrendous value-added tax. They note how Tulsi Gabbard was the only Democrat on stage who admits President Trump won in 2016 and thinks impeachment will only help Trump in 2020. And they have fun with some of the really bad answers candidates gave when asked to name people who think differently than them but have had a profound impact on their lives.
Some Democratic presidential candidates want to enact a single-payer, Medicare for All health care system operated by the federal government. Others want to pursue a public option that Americans can enroll in that would compete with private insurance plans.
And while supporters of the public option approach say their plan would allow Americans to stay with their private coverage, is that really true?
Phil Kerpen of American Commitment says the public option guarantees that we will end up with a single payer system – and probably sooner rather than later. In fact, that’s what it was designed to do.
Listen to the full podcast as Kerpen explains why a public option would inevitably lead to single payer, how the insurance companies played both sides in the Obamacare debate, and whether Republicans are ready to defend a competing plan.